Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), Luang Prabang

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See some of the most prominent Lao monasteries and learn about their religious and cultural significance at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). The compound, built in 1560 in typical Laotian style, consists of twenty structures, including shrines, pavilions, gardens of ornamental plants, and residences. Pay special attention to the gilded doors made of wood, which depict events from the Buddha's life. Also, visit many surrounding facilities, including a library, a drum tower, and a ceremonial barge. Make Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) part of your personalized Luang Prabang itinerary using our Luang Prabang family vacation planner.
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  • Absolutely the most spectacular temple complex viewed in an entire tour of Laos! Magnificent mosaics, great portals and architectural structures and maintained very well, considering the fact that, as the entire city, is a Unesco World Heritage site!
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  • You must see with your own eye how beautiful of the Golden City Temple is. Just two hours should be enough to visit. 
  • Never seen a temple where the decorations on the wall of glasmozaik are made, really very special. Still in beautiful condition. Yes you have to pay 20,000 chicken but they must also maintain the complex. Worth it!!!
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  • My favorite temple in luang prabang, worth to visit. There are a amazing and beatiful painting
  • Lovely place to see. Make sure to cover up knees and shoulders, you can rent cover ups for 5000. I'd suggest walking there too as it's only a little walk but the views of your surroundings is beautiful.
  • Beautiful temple. A must visit in Luang Prabang
  • A beautiful temple. Spend some time here (it costs 20,000 kip, so you might as well make the most of it). Be sure to enter both the main temple and the one housing a collection of Buddha statues. Really wish the entrance fee was less, but if you're going to pay to enter one of the temples here, this one's probably the one to hit.
  • A fairly intact and under 'restoration' Laotion Buddhist Wat. Worth visiting - signage explaining each building would be very useful.